Vodafone is set to do something on the Moon that it can find problematic in certain parts of London: Set up a 4G connection for HD video streaming! Yes you heard me right. 4G on the moon. When did this become such a priority? I still can’t get a good reception on the 56 bus going into town center and getting an internet connect on the train between Leeds and Sheffield is unheard of! But yea, anyway. we’ll have a great connection on the moon..
Nokia’s Ultra Compact Network will be the lightest ever developed, so no brick technology going on here. It’s said to weigh less than one kilogram. That’s basically a bag of sugar.
Working with Berlin-based PTScientists, the project has a launch scheduled for next year thanks to help from Elon Musk’s private company SpaceX. The cost for flying two specially-developed Audi rovers up to the moon is expected to cost £100 million.
Called the Audi Lunar Quattro, the rovers will also visit the Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle that was used by the last astronauts that walked on the moon and is still there on the surface.
“Vodafone testing indicates that the base station should be able to broadcast 4G using the 1800MHz frequency band and send back the first ever live HD video feed of the Moon’s surface, which will be broadcast to a global audience via a deep space link that interconnects with the PTScientists server in the Mission Control Centre in Berlin,” Nokia said in a statement.
Robert Boehme, CEO and founder of PTScientists said the mission was a first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system. I have to say he’s probably right there. I mean can you imagine being on the moon and not being able to go Live on Facebook?
“In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet,” he said. “The great thing about this LTE solution is that it saves so much power, and the less energy we use sending data, the more we have to do science.”
This month, SpaceX launched its first two Starlink internet satellites into orbit. The Starlink plan is to create a constellation of around 12,000 satellites to provide broadband over the planet. Starwars anyone? 🤔
Earlier in February, SpaceX had the most successful launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which sent a cherry-red Tesla into a solar orbit that would go out as far as the asteroid belt. So yea, there’s a Tesla floating in space somewhere..